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Welcome to Pyongyang

There aren't many ways to enter the country. Flight from Beijing is one option and making this photo is only time in North Korea that you'll make photo without control.

Great Leader welcomes you (and follows too) all the way. After a few days, you'll get used to that.

I've read so much before this trip and at the end I must say, it's not that bad. Most of the stories are true, but be aware that people use to exaggerate a lot when it comes to North Korea.

Arirang mass games

One of the trip's highlights is visiting the biggest stadium in the world with breathtaking performance of "Arirang" Mass games with more then 100.000 performers in the field and stands.

When you approaching to stadium you can feel something exciting in the air (which is so not North Korean feeling), first sight to arena is marvelous (this photo), and later on...hm...even though this is massive propaganda for North Koreans still...it's something you'll remember for whole life.

More photos from Arirang after introduction.

North Koreans

They are like you and me, beautiful and unique creation of God (if you believe in One).
The thing is: you are not allowed to approach them, but probably they couldn't speak with you even if they wanted...very few people speak languages (except your guides...it seems they speak all the languages).
Also, foreigners are not common sight here, so you are "strange" to them.
In capital city, people don't care and pass next to you without interest, but in the country you can expect more attention from locals.
The only N.Koreans you can speak with are: guides, hotel staff, museum's staff, restaurant staff....

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:unique, impressive, separate, breathtaking
  • Cons:unique, impressive, separate, breathtaking
  • Last visit to P'yongyang: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Orchid's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Hi there. Nice Page. Seems like P'yongyang has not changed all that much over the years (new statues of departed leaders notwithstanding!)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Thanks for your interesting story...

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2008 at 7:12 AM

    Fascinating. I shall be visiting in September and seeing all the thigns you saw.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Wow... amazing page of Pyongyang. A less travelled destination. Enjoyed a virtual tour into the Hermit Kingdom. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Penang, SL :)

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2007 at 4:53 AM

    Imigine that, my tour saw 99% the same as yours. But I must say that there can be male traffic signals (not in Pyongyang, but I saw them in Kaesong)


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